When a group of friends decided to Walk the Wight earlier this year they had no idea just how much they would achieve for Earl Mountbatten Hospice. But just five months after the event, ‘Team Hils’ have raised more than £9,000 – an amount which Hospice staff have described as ‘extraordinary’.
Friends and family of Hilary Witcomb, who passed away at the Hospice earlier this year, joined forces to take on the walking challenge in May, but haven’t stopped fundraising since. Earlier this year they presented a cheque to the Hospice for £7,395.17 but have since raised an extra £2,000. The team was honoured at the Walk the Wight awards recently, as the team who raised the most money for Earl Mountbatten.
Hospice Head of Income Generation, Simon Samuels, said their efforts had been incredible:
“We appreciate every single penny which is raised through Walk the Wight but it is only right that we acknowledge Team Hils as they have raised such a fantastic sum of money for patient care.
“Every single member of the team has done Hilary proud – she knew before she passed away that they were going to Walk the Wight and they should all be exceptionally proud of what they achieved in her memory.”
The Hospice is well on its way to smashing its original fundraising target of £250,000.
Photographed L-R: Susan Cullen from Southern Vectis; Liz Arnold, Director of Patient Services at EMH; Katherine Harker; Alfie Witcomb; David Witcomb; John French and Mykel Grant